Secrets of the Great Pyramid: Two Thousand Years of Adventure and Discoveries Surrounding the Mystery of the Great Pyramid of Cheopsby Peter Tompkins, Livio Catullo Stecchini, Livio Catullo Stecchini (Other)
Was the Great Pyramid of Cheops created merely as the tomb for a pharaoh, or did it serve another purpose? For two thousand years, many have tried to answer this question, and the most recent discoveries reveal that the structure is truly much more than a burial place. Readers will be captivated by tales of the explorers and scientists who delved into the pyramid's mystery, a parade of characters as fascinating as the findings themselves. Illustrated with maps, drawings and photographs, this book discloses all the research that has led to the latest earth-shaking revelations: The monument is abrilliantly accurate, precise geometric tool that serves as an almanac, a surveying instrument, a scale model of the northern hemisphere, and much more.
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Secrets of the Great Pyramids is the original book that first alighted my interest in ancient Egypt, Atlantis, and the mystery of who we really are. Richly illustrated with photographs, engravings, and diagrams, it still inflames my imagination about this only existing wonder of the ancient world. The author Peter Tompkins expertly weaves enticing anecdotes about the history of the Great Pyramids. This is a book that¿s jam-packed with so much information, that even though I¿ve read it numerous times, I still learn more every time I pick it up. Tompkins describes how ancient people probed the Great Pyramid¿s mysteries, that Isaac Newton was fascinated with the Pyramid, how Napoleon conquered Egypt with a battle fought in sight of the Pyramid, and the stories of early explorers such as Richard Howard-Vyse, Piazzi Smyth, and William Flinders Petrie. Do you know that mummy flesh was once a popular medical remedy in Europe? That¿s the kind of intriguing anecdote you¿ll find interspersed among the captivating stories of the early theories, exploration, and discoveries at the Pyramid. I also love the photographs of 19th century tourists including President Ulysses S. Grant and a number of ladies in long Victorian skirts and bonnets climbing on the mega-ton boulders making up this monumental structure. Tompkins also connects theories about the purpose and the builders of the Pyramid with theories about other ancient ruins such as Stonehenge and observational towers in old Ireland. Interspersed are stories and photographs of Egyptian ruins of temples, stone bas relief carvings, and hieroglyphics. In exploring these theories on the purpose of Great Pyramid, he weaves enticing anecdotes with mathematical descriptions, including the mysterious phi relationship, or Golden Section. Tompkins describes the inner chambers of the Pyramid, its puzzling passageways and the speculations of their original use, including the idea that the Pyramid had once been a temple of initiation. He also delves into recent experiments done with computers and the discovery that the shape of the pyramid dries out or mummifies dead animals. In addition, he explores theories of secret passageways and secret chambers yet undiscovered in the monolithic structures. Tompkins even goes bravely into theories that the Great Pyramid could have been a landing pad for extraterrestrials and that it might have been used as an astrological observatory as well as an astronomical observatory. Because Secrets of the Great Pyramid was first published in 1971¿it is a classic¿it does not contain recent experiments to determine the purpose of the air ducts in the Kings Chambers or theories of the alignment of the three pyramids with the belt stars in the constellation Orion. However, there is so much this fascinating information in this book that the first time I read it, my imagination was so ignited that I had a dream in which I could read hieroglyphics. Read it. You¿ll love it.
I bought this book. I read the book. I thought so much of it that I bought two more copies to give as gifts. In it, you'll be exposed to many interesting ideas about ancient Egyptian building techniques and surveying methods. This is a must have for someone interested in Ancient Egypt.